I’m going to jump right in by giving a quick overview of Orange is the New Black season 2 episode 1 before getting into some discussion questions.
Orange is the New Blacks premiere episode of Season 2 “Thirsty Bird” shows Piper in a moral dilemma between right and wrong. The episode opens with main character Piper Chapman in solitary confinement after her brawl with Tiffany aka “Pennsatucky” in the season 1 finale. She is unsure what the consequences of her most recent rebellion will be. Before she learns anything Piper is moved out of Litchfield penitentiary, she doesn’t know where she’s going or why. After taking a van, bus, and plane she finally lands at another correctional facility in Chicago.
Piper learns she has been moved to Chicago temporarily in order for her and her former girlfriend/fellow inmate Alex Vause to stand trial in the case against Kubra Ballic. (Quick background from Season 1: Piper is serving a prison sentence for helping traffic drug money for her former girlfriend Alex, Alex is the former employee of big time drug smuggler Kubra.) Prior to the trial Alex warns Piper not to give any information about Kubra or her life will be in danger.
Throughout the episode we see flashbacks of Pipers childhood. In flashback scenes we learn about when Piper whiteness’ her father cheating. These scenes of Pipers early life are giving the audience a peak at Piper’s moral foundation. In a scene with young Piper and her grandmother the grandmother says, “Sometimes it’s not a matter of right and wrong it’s about making a choice that will cause the least amount of pain to others.”
Do you agree with this statement?
Who do you think was a greater influence on Pipers decision to lie on the stand? Alex or the influence of her family upbringing?
Do you think Piper did the right thing in the trial?